Dear Teams, coaches and team managers,
You will all have seen and heard on the news the effects the current Corona virus is having on all our lives in different EU-countries and on all sport events and traveling.
Unfortunately, these measures also affect our first competition, Ice Crystal Trophy, which needs to be cancelled due to this force majeure.
In Belgium, the national authorities have been taken measures, as since last Saturday closing down for 3 weeks all schools, all sports facilities and sport lessons, restaurants and bars. Shops can only be open in the week, and in the weekend only supermarkets and food suppliers are open. Our ice rink was so also forced to close from 14th March till the 3rd of April.
Already now, at the beginning of this period of drastic measures to try to fight against Corona and to try keeping it under control, many voices say that the period certainly will be extended as the peak still has to come and the worst have not been seen.
Our ice rink, as well as most ice rinks in Belgium, had today to make the difficult decision to close down completely as from now and pull out the plug, instead of doing this at the end of April. When they would have got the guarantee that after 3rd April, they could open again, our ice rink would have kept the ice, but unfortunately, this scenario was not realistic based on official guidance and advice from the national authorities.
Our main concern is also off course the safety of all of you.
We will reimburse the teams who have already paid the entry fee of 350 EUR and also those who paid for meals.
We really regret the cancellation of this new competition which was going to be exciting with 22 teams competing from 9 nations. It could have been even more teams, as some cancelled already before closing entry date due to the corona virus.
But we trust we can count on your support in these difficult times for the whole world.
We also really hope that we can welcome you as our guests at the edition in 2021. We will not give up and hope we can count on your support!
We will come back to you before the summer with a new date for the competition in 2021.
Take care and keep well!
With kindest regards,
Ice Crystal Trophy 2020